Checking date: 10/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Technology and monitoring work
Study: Bachelor in Sociology (208)

Coordinating teacher: MUÑOZ RUIZ, ANA BELEN

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Private Social and International Law

Type: Courses of humanities
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Competences: -To understand the problems of technology in order to monitor employees. - To know when the monitoring is legal or illegal. -To learn protection mechanisms for employees. - To be able to analyze legal texts (judgments, AEPD decisions). - Critical attitude in relation to the subject. Learning results: -To learn the notion of privacy. -To understand the link between technology and monitoring work. -To know the limits of employer in order to monitor employees. -To rethink about the business policies which allow or prohibit that employees use electronic devices (Internet, email) for personal uses at workplace. -To approach main trends (laws which prohibit the use of technology for the monitoring work, others that allow it) in the most representative regulations (UK, France, Germany)
Description of contents: programme
1. The technological control in the company. 1.1. Kinds of controls (traditional and emerging controls). 1.2. The notion of privacy in the workplace. 1.3. The control and the proportionality principle: suitability, necessity and proportionality in a narrow sense. 2. Vídeo surveillance. 2.1. Requirements of video surveillance system. 2.2. Hidden video surveillance in the workplace. 2.3. Prohibited areas. 3. Email and web monitoring. 3.1. Scope of the monitoring (computer, Internet, email, whatsapp). 3.2. Relevant rights (privacy, data protection and secrecy of communications). 4. Emerging monitoring. 4.1. Biometric control. 4.2. GPS. 4.3. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) labels. 4.4. Others. 5. Employer duties and responsabilities on data protection. 5.1. Transparency. 5.2. Registration of monitoring files. 5.3. Security measures. 5.4. Access, rectification and cancellation of data. 5.5. Penalties. 6. Business practices. Approaching enterprises policies on employees monitoring. 7. Comparative labour laws: approaching the main features of the most representative national laws (Germany, France, UK).
Learning activities and methodology
-Theoretical and practical classes. -Problem solving: cases. -Teamwork. -Oral communication: cases, student's presentation. -Information finding. There will be a timetable for resolving questions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • J.M. Stanton; K.Stam. The Visible Employee: Using Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance to Protect Information Assets¿Without Compromising Employee Privacy or Trust. Information Today. 2006
  • A. Desdentado Bonete; AB. Muñoz Ruiz. Control informático, videovigilancia y protección de datos en el trabajo,. Lex Nova. 2012
  • AB Muñoz Ruiz. ¿Conoces a Macarena? Los chatbots: los nuevos empleados digitales. Foro de Labos 2020.
  • AB Muñoz Ruiz . La inteligencia artificial y el uso de algoritmos para dirigir el trabajo: la deshumanización del trabajador. Foro de Labos.
  • AB Muñoz Ruiz . La inteligencia artificial y el uso de algoritmos para dirigir el trabajo: la deshumanización del trabajador. Foro de Labos. 2020
  • AB. Muñoz Ruiz. Robótica y riesgos laborales: ¿necesitamos un nuevo marco regulador para prevenir los daños derivados de esta nueva tecnología? . Foro de Labos 2019.
  • AB. Muñoz Ruiz, . El uso de la tecnología de reconocimiento facial de los empleados en la empresa: una medida de control excepcional . Foro de Labos 2019.
  • G. Davidov . The Status of Uber Drivers: A Purposive Approach . 2017
  • J.R. Mercader Uguina. El futuro del trabajo en la era de la digitalización y la robótica. Tirant Lo Blanch . 2017
  • M. Freedland and J. Prassl . Employees, workers and the sharing economy. Changing practices and changing concepts in the United Kingdom . University of Oxford, Legal Research Paper Series, nº 19. 2017
  • S. Warren; L. Brandeis . The Right to Privacy. Harvard Law Review . Nº 5
  • ¿Conoces a Macarena? Los chatbots: los nuevos empleados digitales. Foro de Labos 2020.
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